Today we had a co-op at the Nature and Science museum about the Silk road. The schools in the area must have been trying to use up field trip money, because there were a lot of kids there. Before we started the tour there was a surprise for Grace. I had known for over a week that one of her best friends was coming into town, but I kept quiet. At the museum I told Grace to turn around and there he was! She was so shocked that she couldn’t say anything to him and then she started crying. Hunter has grown since he left for WV….grown a lot!
We gathered the kids and went up to the exhibit.
We found out about the silk industry in China and how all along the silk road the merchants would trade pieces of silk for other things they needed. They had a glass case with real silkworms in it, which I thought was very cool until I remembered that as a kid I had a whole tree full of worms in the neighbors mulberry tree (that we could never get mulberries off of because of all the stupid worms.) They didn’t seem as cool after that. I couldn’t take a picture of them, so here is one from the Internet.
The good news is that silk worms can’t live in Denver, so we can pick all the mulberries we want without fear of eating a worm. Of course, after the girls saw how you get the silk off of the cocoon they wanted to get some worms.
That part is pretty cool (except for the killing of the worm part.) We traveled along the exhibit and became merchants trading things we had for things we wanted or sharing information about politics or religion. There was an interactive map of the route where you could look up deserts, the spread of religion, what was traded and more. Here is what the route on land and sea looked like.
We got to see an astrolabe in action, see a ship carrying treasures and see some artifacts like: books, papers, glass, mirrors, vases and more. The end of the exhibit talked about Constantinople and there were some items from this museum about Roman times.
We learned a lot about the Silk road, what was traded and how silk was made, it was a pretty cool exhibit. Here is a site that has more info about the Silk road and some interesting numbers about the lag time in centuries of different technological achievements.
After that we went to RAFT and I got more time to look at the books on sale. The kids made some cards to put in the homeless bags on Monday and some of them bought white elephant gifts for youth group. Bethany found a book on how to be immature, Hunter found an owl pellet to dissect and a stamp and Andrew found a whole bag of crap that he called ‘homeschooler in a bag.’ There was a demo going on in the green room, so we also got to see a Rube-Goldberg machine in action.
Bethany had youth group and traded her gift in for lipstick (and someone wrapped bricks as their gift, silly kids.) We went to the mall and had dinner and then looked around before picking up Bethany. It was so good to see Hunter, we can’t wait for Friday when we get to see the rest of the gang.